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ACUTE INTERSTITIAL NEPHRITIS

A relatively uncommon condition which is characterised by inflammation of the renal tubules, glomeruli and surrounding tissue. Interstitial nephritis is generally be temporary and often associated with the use of a special medicine. Chronic and progressive forms do exist. Drugs that have been associated with interstitial nephritis include penicillins, ampicillin, sulpha drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, furosemide and thiazide diuretics. May result in mild kidney dysfunction or acute renal failure. Treatment may be with corticosteroids. Incidence: 1 in 25,000.
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